05/29/15 9:18pm

Franklin P. Backus Courthouse IMG_1096
Due to an electrical problem (a blown transformer), the Alexandria Courthouse (located at 520 King St.) is closed until Monday, June 1.

For case or schedule information, call the clerk of the applicable court (see link above) once the Courthouse reopens on Monday.

City office telephones are experiencing intermittent outages due to the electrical problem; however, the City’s emergency 911 service and emergency hotlines are not affected.

(Flickr Pool photo by OZinOH, on Flickr)

05/29/15 5:21pm

Memorial Bridge
Route 7Y from Lincolnia will detour due to major construction on the Arlington Memorial Bridge. During this time, Metrobus will not miss any bus stops.

7Y Lincolnia-North Fairlington southbound to Lincolnia

  • Regular route to Constitution Avenue & 23rd Street NW
  • Continue Constitution Avenue NW to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge
  • Bear right onto exit 50, Arlington Boulevard
  • Bear right onto Key Bridge exit
  • Right on N. Lynn Street
  • Right on Wilson Boulevard
  • Continue Jefferson Davis Highway S.
  • Resume regular route

7Y Lincolnia-North Fairlington northbound to the Convention Center

  • Regular route to Jefferson Davis Highway N.
  • Continue on Jefferson Davis Highway N.
  • Bear left toward Wilson Boulevard to Rosslyn exit
  • Right on N. Lynn St
  • Right on Lee Highway
  • Continue Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Route 50 East
  • Resume regular route

(Photo by ehpien, on Flickr)

05/29/15 4:24pm

ACPSsquarelogoOn Thursday, May 28, the Alexandria City School Board voted unanimously to recognize the contributions made by military personnel and agreed to work to accommodate military school children at their neighborhood school.

The policy aims to ensure that children whose parents move due to military-related relocations do not suffer due to frequent relocations. It also ensures that children can return to a neighborhood school they have previously attended prior to a military posting.

The policy is aligned with the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, to which Virginia is party. Through signing on to this compact, Virginia has recognized this group of school children as having unique needs.

Beginning in school year 2015-16, the Virginia Department of Education is requiring all school divisions in Virginia to establish a process for the identification of newly enrolled students who reside with a parent or guardian in the uniformed services.

The Compact requires school divisions to identify such students “for the purposes of enhancing the funding and quality of services provided to serve the unique needs of uniformed services-connected students residing in the Commonwealth.”

“ACPS is proud to support the steps designed to provide flexibility and cooperation between the school division, families and the military child in order to achieve educational success for these students. We want to be champions for all ACPS students,” said Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley.


05/29/15 4:09pm

U.S. Attorney's Office In Carlyle
Mr. Boente’s district includes Northern Virginia and his office is in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia serves more than 6 million residents living in Northern Virginia, the capital of the Commonwealth, and Tidewater and surrounding communities.

Via WaPo

The veteran federal prosecutor who has been leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia on an interim basis for more than a year and a half has been nominated by the state’s senators to take over the job permanently.

Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) of Virginia have recommended that Dana Boente, a longtime Justice Department lawyer who lives in Arlington, be appointed permanently as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a Warner spokesman confirmed Friday. The job is an important and high-profile one, as the office, with about 300 lawyers and other employees working in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News, has long been viewed as one of the most important federal prosecutor shops in the country.

The Eastern District is home to the CIA and the Pentagon, and its prosecutors often find themselves handling terrorism and national security cases, including the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, a conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. If Edward Snowden is ever returned to the country, the government would bring its case against the former National Security Agency contractor through the district.

Read more at this link.

05/29/15 3:48pm

As of earlier this afternoon, Metrobus routes 28A, 29K, 29N and the REX will not use the regular bus bay locations at the King Street Metrorail Station due to a water main break. Crews are on location identifying the cause of the water main break.

This includes DASH Buses as well…

Passengers should board/exit buses at the Park & Ride lot in front of the station and bus bay access road.

All 34 metered parking spaces are currently unavailable for passenger use to aid bus movements at the station. 

05/29/15 2:15pm


We were alerted by a reader to this sign, located along King Street in the Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, at the Alexandria Courthouse in the 500 block of King Street. The sign is at pedestrian eye level right in view. You will find most real estate signs up higher than at pedestrian eye level. We checked with City staff and Councilman Justin Wilson and the signage is legal.

So, I thought I’d throw the question out to our beloved readers, should signs like this be legal in Alexandria?

(H/T Vernon)